"There is something comical about the whole phenomenon of being human. The preconceived methods we have developed to hide our instincts and heritage are in a way both touching and quirky. In short, there is something tickling in the idea that we are all just pigs and frogs that have developed sophisticated manners. Like when you have a drink after work - is not it a little strange?”, Says Estelle Graf.
With paintings painted almost exclusively in oil, a depth is created in the motifs that is difficult to achieve with any other technique. Significant to Estelle Graf's work is that she almost always works with satire.
"My animal motifs are a kind of satire. It's thankful to use an animal head to capture a character." says Estelle Graf.
Estelle began her career as art director in Paris. Today she lives and works in Stockholm and her artwork has been exhibited and sold internationally in cities such as Berlin, Paris and New York, but has also been presented in, among others, the magazine Harper's Bazaar. In 2019, Estelle Graf released her first book "Printed Atmosphere" which is a satirical depiction of people's inner dialogues.
"For me, creation is about telling stories or trying observations. I love giving the viewer small fragments from a longer story or a more in-depth thought. Then you have to fill in or attribute the work to what you want, based on your own experiences. Probably. that's why people interpret what I do so very differently and as it so often happens that someone recognizes themselves in a painting - because I leave room for it. "
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